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Kat Danser coming back to Lethbridge with PHd and new CD

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It has been a long, long time since we’ve had new music from Kat Danser. She released her fifth CD “Goin’ Gone‘  three months ago and it has since gained excellent reviews, chart positions and airplay on CKUA.Kat Danser returns to Lethbridge , Thursday, Oct. 18, to play the Geomatic Attic. Photo by Richard Amery
“The album’s been sitting in my basement since 2017. I wanted to finish my PHd. I’ve been studying  folk and string band music from  the 1920-40 for the past six years. I’ve been spending a lot of time down south and I’ll be going back to Nashville and Memphis to deliver my dissertation,” Danser said  from Edmonton, where she teaches American Pop Music History at both the University of Alberta and Mount Royal University.
“ But I couldn’t do both— release an album and finish my PhD,” said Danser She brings her band The Tall Tales including guitarist Jimmy Guiboche, bassist Chris Brzezcki, drummer Kelly Kruse and special guest Steve Dawson to the Geomatic Attic, Thursday, Oct. 18.

Steve Dawson will also be performing an opening set.
Complicating matters was having to undergo surgery related to turning 50.

“I had to get an embolization and a hysterectomy, which brought on menopause early. I’ve lost 135 pounds deliberately since you last saw me,” Danser said.

 In the process she rediscovered her love for punk music.
“I went to go see Joan Jett. And she’s 70 and looks great and is still rocking. She had one foot on the amp and yelled ‘I don’t give a fuck about my bad reputation.’ She’s 70, she’s in great shape and still rocks and I asked myself ‘why can’t I do that,’” she said, adding that lead to taking a heavier bent on the new album.

“I’ve definitely moved away from solo blues.  For the first time I didn’t record one gospel song for the album,” she said.
She recorded the CD in Nashville with Steve Dawson for his record label Black Hen records.

“He‘s a great guy. I can’t say enough about Steve,” she gushed.


“Steve always surrounds himself with great people,” she added.
“I recorded all of the songs in one or two takes. I’ve always worked that way. I’ve never been one to overdub anything. If I can’t get it on one or two takes, I won’t bother with it,” she said.

She is looking forward to a short, intensive tour of Western Canada including stops in  Sherwood Park, Edmonton, Calgary, Saskatoon, Regina , Winnipeg Thunder Bay and back to Alberta for Hinton and Demett on Nov. 3 before taking a break before hitting the road i again in January.

“Records have an 18 month shelf life. So you have a good year to let them find their way. It’s a lot of fun,” she said.

“Nobody’s making any money in this business anymore unless it’s the upper echelon so  you might as well enjoy the ride,” she said, adding her show will be focusing on the new album.
“It’ll be just the album and some really cool covers I’ve been working on like  an old Tina Turner song when she was with Ike, ‘Nutbush City Limits” and  some other albums. This album is a balance of Nashville and Memphis sound,” she said.
“You’ll have to come and see us play ‘Nutbush City Limits,’ just to see the smile on my face when I play it,” she said.

“ I always look forward to coming to Lethbridge. People always treat me very well there. And my sister-in-law- and her husband live there. So it will be great to catch up with everyone,” she said.

The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp with Steve Dawson. Tickets are $37.50 for members, $40 for non members.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 October 2018 11:34 )  
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